As PCI-Express 4.0 solid state drives become more mainstream we are seeing even more drives come into the market. The latest drive from WD is their WD Black SN770, which actually happens to be a DRAM-less drive. Powered by an in-house SanDisk controller the 1TB version of the drive that we are taking a look at today boasts speeds of 5150 MB/s read and 4900 MB/s write. With these speeds you’ll definitely see an improvement over standard SATA-based solid state drives and even Gen3 NVMe drives. WD is pricing this drive pretty aggressively too as it sits as the budget model in the WD Black line. Is this a drive you should consider? Read on as we find out!
Special thanks to Western Digital for providing us with the WD Black SN770 Gen4 NVMe Solid State Drive to review.
The WD Black SN770 comes in Western Digital’s typical WD Black packaging, which is of course geared towards gamers. On the front there is a picture of the drive and it lets us know the capacity and read speed. We of course have the 1TB version of the drive but Western Digital also be offering the drive in 250GB, 500GB, and 2TB versions as well.
Flipping the box over to the back there is a little bit more information on the drive and a cut-out in the box so you can confirm the right drive is inside.
Opening the box up inside you’ll find the drive in the blister pack and a small technical support and limited warranty guide.